NEWSLETTER

JULY, 2021

 

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

I see no good reason to act my age.


MESSAGE FROM EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE:

A recent poll shows that many Canadians are optimistic that the worst of Covid is behind us. We are also cautiously optimistic that life will soon be returning to a new normal, and we look forward to seeing you at the Reunion in May 2022. In the meantime, stay safe.

 

WINNIPEG REUNION:

The Reunion will take place in Winnipeg at the Hilton Winnipeg Airport Suites, May 24-26, 2022.

This is the link to the registration form for Reunion 15 in Winnipeg. For a printable copy (PDF) of the registration or newsletter, please contact Leah Mosher.

To see who is coming click on the following link: R15 Attendees

We are very heartened by many of the provincial projections about the reductions in pandemic and travel restrictions. However, we are going to err on the side of caution and not open hotel bookings before September. Please be assured that it will not be a problem to reserve a room at that time. Thank you for your understanding. 

If you live in Manitoba, the members of the Winnipeg Reunion 15 Committee are still looking to gather stories, memorabilia, and names for any new members interested in participating in the reunion. If you have any questions, stories, would be available to volunteer and know anyone who qualifies and would like to become a member, please contact Pat Brennan

 

WINNIPEG STORIES:

Doreen Skelly sent us her Winnipeg story:

Greetings   My story is the details about getting married on Feb. 22, 1964. I had phoned for a taxi to take me from the women's barracks, on the old side of the base, to the RC Chapel  on the new side.  Time was growing late, and there was no sign of the taxi.  Even though the snow was quite deep, I knew I had no option but to walk (in my wedding shoes).
     The time was so late, I was actually forced to run.  I ended up ten minutes late.  It was a small wedding gathering, but I always wondered if everyone thought I had changed my mind.  No one said anything, and I do have an album of pictures to record the event.  My husband was also in the air force, so perhaps this helped his decision to be patient.
     I would like to be able to say that everyone lived happily ever after, but was not to be,  My two sons were born at the Grace Hospital and we were later (mid 1970s) posted to Dartmouth Nova Scotia.  We remained married for quite a few years, but later, after "parting company", Wayne passed away. I really look forward to the reunion, as I have not been
back to Winnipeg in all these many years.  Bye for now.


WINNIPEG TRIVIA:

On one random day in 2012, customers at a Winnipeg Tim Hortons picked up the tab for the next customer 288 times in a row. It was not a coordinated stunt, but a random gesture of kindness that customers wanted to keep on a roll.
Eventually, one guy decided not to pay for the customer behind him. Kidding, but that’s Winnipeg for you.


COMMENTS AND REQUESTS:

Harriet Perfitt writes:
My son, Phillip, sent this to me, so maybe it’s already available on the WD’s site.  His father & I were both stationed at #2 wing in France from mid ’55 ‘till mid ’58, (and 4 yrs. later, we were sent to Ramstein for 4 yrs.).   Phil was born in ’56 at #2 wing, and in later years was commissioned in the RCAF & served for over 30 years.  His younger brother, Robert joined the RCAF in 1980 & retired after 30-some yrs. He re-enlisted as Reserve and is still working in the
Reserve RCAF in Victoria. We are, & were, a 2-generations’ RCAF family.
Click here to watch NATO Air bases in Lorraine and Canadian presence.
The link is a 5-minute video, in "Country Calendar" style, about 1 Wing and 2 Wing. There's are a few photos of old, and a flyover in a small plane. It is in French, although really, the dialog isn't essential.

 

STAMP COLLECTING FOR CHARITY:  

Flo Reid writes:  Just a reminder to keep collecting and sending your postage stamps.  I have been getting lots of stamps in the mail and have had some wonderful conversations with some of our ex-airwomen from coast to coast. Also, it gives me something to do in these COVID times.  

If you have any questions, please phone Flo at 403-990-1556 or e-mail flobobreid@shaw.ca

To see details about the preparation of the stamps, click here
We donate these stamps to Oxfam Canada. To find out more about Oxfam click here.

 

LAST POST:

As the members of the committee update the nominal roll, we are discovering that some of our members have been with the angels for several years. They are included in our monthly newsletters as we find them.  

Last Name   

First Name            Maiden Name       Date of Death     Age    City             

   Prov  

 Dyer

 Catherine Theresa "Cathy"    

 McGuigan 2 Jun 2021     84  Maple Ridge      BC

If you have a notification of a member who has died, please let us know here so that we can add their name to our Last Post. Thank you. 

 

BIRTHDAYS:

A “Very Happy Birthday” to our July Birthday ladies. Click here for the listing. 

If your birthday is missing from this list it is because we don't have it. Please click on the Change Information form to add something or make corrections. 

 

YOUR COMMITTEE:

Note: When you contact us via any of the links below, the email goes to a common address. To help us reply in a more timely manner, please put the name of  who you wish to contact in the subject line. Thank you. 
Tracey Everett- Chair
Leah Mosher- Vice-Chair/Liaison/Newsletter
Claire Williams- Treasurer
Pat Brennan - Chair, Winnipeg Committee